Jerwood FVU

Reman Sadani

Reman Sadani is one of the recipients of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020. Responding to the theme of Hindsight, her project explores the power of reflection through the prism of artists’ film, and how moving-image can move us back and forwards through time, assisting recollection, engendering nostalgia, and enhancing collective wisdom.

Forthcoming in 2020, Reman Sadani’s project considers the urge for travel as a strange and mysterious element of the human condition, by renegotiating ideas around the modern displacement of people – from forced migration to cultural exploration. The project follows a nomad protagonist who has resettled in a UK city through a narrative that breaks beyond realism to introduce fragments of fantasy. The protagonist is visited by a group of young people who seek to live out a nomadic way of being within the urban spaces they’re bound to. In a city apartment, the group create a miniature, fantasy landscape within which to move and explore. As this part-fantastical, part-real world slowly disintegrates under the pressure of external elements, Sadani creates a tension between the fixed conditions of urban space and the irresistible impulse of travel. 

The finished film will be shown from 31 March to 31 May 2020 at Jerwood Space, London, before touring across the UK.

Image: Reman Sadani, Blinking Exercise No.1, 2018

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